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Japanese engineer creates wheelchair that can walk up stairs

An engineer at Japan’s Chiba Institute of Technology has designed a new robotic wheelchair with the amazing capability to climb stairs. In a demonstration video, lead engineer Shuro Nakajima shows off the device’s capabilities, easily overcoming curbs and flights of stairs simply by pushing a joystick. “Each of the four…

NASA tracks X-class solar flare many times larger than Earth

The sun burped on Monday, triggering a spectacular eruption many times larger than Earth that NASA cameras were fortunately able to track in exquisite detail. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory said the flare, recorded just after 11 p.m. EST, was the seventh “X-class” solar flare recorded this year. It hit a…

‘Fantasy Slut League’ discovered at California high school

The administration at a northern California high school notified parents of a “Fantasy Slut League” catering to athletes following an internal investigation. KPIX-TV reported Monday that Principal Rich Kitchens alerted parents about the league’s existence in a letter last week. “It has been reported that students on some of our…

CNN host to Bryan Fischer: If that’s the gay Gestapo, then I’m a card carrying member

CNN host Carol Costello on Monday responded to Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, who accused her of being part of the “gay Gestapo.” “Well, Mr. Fischer if that’s the definition of the gay Gestapo, then I’m a proud card carrying member,” she said. “We thought it was important…

Louisiana woman set on fire, ‘KKK’ painted on her car

Police in Winnsboro, Louisiana confirmed on Monday that a woman had been set on fire over the weekend and racial slurs were found scrawled on her car. Sharmeka Moffitt told police that she was attacked and burned by three men wearing white hoodies at a park in Franklin Parish on…

Cop caught pulling fire victim by her hair

A San Diego police officer is under investigation after a local photographer released footage of him pulling a woman by her hair while her house burned down. KFMB-TV reported Sunday that the homeowner, Torazzi Hayslett, said the officer, Sgt. Daniel McLaughlin, assaulted her Friday. The station also reported that Hayslett,…

50-foot fin whale washes up in Rockport a week after floating away from Boston Harbor

A decayed 50-foot endangered fin whale washed up off Penzance Road in Rockport, Massachusetts [Caution: graphic pictures at link] almost a week after it floated out of Boston Harbor. The deceased animal, which originally washed up on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, drifted back out to sea on Monday, October…

Santorum: ‘Game over’ if Obama wins again

At a campaign event for Iowa Rep. Steve King (R), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum warned that the United States was “over” if President Barack Obama was re-elected in November. “This is your moment. We lose — Steve King will tell you — we lose, and Obamacare implemented, it’s over.…

Pro-life protesters: Abortion worse than Hitler and Obama a ‘Communist Nazi’

Pro-life protesters in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on Saturday said that abortion was “worse than Hitler” and that President Barack Obama was a “Communist Nazi.” “What children’s rights? They want to abort them before they can even become anything,” one protester told independent YouTube reporter DogStar7. “It is worse than Hitler.…

Watch: San Diego Zoo panda cub crawling, ‘making progress’

The San Diego Zoo’s 11-week-old panda cub is “making progress” and has started crawling, according to a video update released Thursday. “Certainly the front legs wanna get up and go,” said Senior Veterinarian PK Robbins. “The back legs sort of got a litle bit left behind, but he’s definitely learning.…

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